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The Continued Intrigue of Kelly Oubre Jr.

Caris LeVert, Derrick White, Kyle Kuzma and Pascal Siakam are all considered significant young building blocks for their franchises. They are all on rookie scale contracts, all on teams with championship hopes and all have already received praise for their play. All four are also older than Phoenix Suns wing Kelly Oubre Jr. Despite what…

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Jerami Grant Will Be Savvy Difference-Maker for Denver Nuggets

As their Western Conference counterparts engaged in a rapidly increasing arms race this offseason, the Denver Nuggets stayed on the sidelines. After all, they were one game away from a Western Conference Finals berth this past season, and the grand majority of their core is below the age of 25. But after the Oklahoma City…

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Is Al Horford a Better Sixers Fit Than Jimmy Butler?

Jimmy Butler and Al Horford both made big impressions at their former stops, and now the latter is replacing the former in Philly. Even though his one-season entrance-exit dance numbers have run their course for many, there were plenty for 76ers fans who can look back fondly on in the short-but-eventful Jimmy Butler era in…

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D’Angelo Russell Doesn’t Fit In Golden State. Does it Matter?

After Klay Thompson’s knee crumbled in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors’ blueprint for next season seemed clear. Already down Kevin Durant and now devoid of the team’s only other shooter beyond Steph Curry, Coach Steve Kerr would tilt his vaunted offense away from the cutesy split-screens and constant motion, and…

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How Kemba Walker Will Change Boston Celtics’ Offense

When the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving divorce became inevitable, the franchise saw an opportunity. With a few shrewd moves, including a draft night trade and the renouncing of some key free agent cap holds, the Celtics could once again clear enough room to offer a max contract on the open market. The target of…

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This EuroLeague Champ, MVP Could Make an NBA Return

I’d like to begin by stating that what you will read is biased. I have had the blessing of scouting and watching Nando De Colo grow into more than a basketball player. While I do my best to stay within my lane as a consultant as well as a basketball journeyman who works around Europe…

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Fred VanVleet Embodies Everything Raptors’ Run Has Been

Three things are true about NBA title teams: They’re defined by their (super)stars, resiliency is key, and some luck is required. It’s technically too early to declare a champion right now but, in the event that this current trend holds, the Toronto Raptors (3-1) are on their way. That’s because they easily meet all three…

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Stage is Set for Stephen Curry’s First NBA Finals MVP

Stephen Curry has done some impressive things in his career. He’s won three rings, two regular-season MVPs, the first-ever unanimous MVP and essentially changed the game of basketball with his uncanny ability to put the ball in the hoop from practically anywhere on the court. One thing he has never done? Win Finals MVP—something he…

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Marc Gasol Has Been Toronto Raptors’ Secret Weapon

We all thought it was Jimmy Butler’s arrival in Philadelphia, but it turns out the most important acquisition at the 2019 trade deadline was Marc Gasol heading to the Toronto Raptors. During this Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee, Gasol has averaged a seemingly “not-that-important” 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting…

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